More than 200 runners toed the starting line for the 24th annual Medfield Day 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, September 14, at the Pfaff Center.
About 110 runners took to the 5K course, which started in front of the Pfaff Center on North Street and headed toward Harding and onto Hospital Road, before hitting the halfway point just before the Medfield State Hospital property. There, the runners turned back and followed the course back to the Pfaff Center.
The race was won by Medfield resident Taylor Crow, who finished in a time of 19:11 (6:11/mile pace) on a cool and overcast morning. He was followed in the top five by Patrick Troy of Medfield (19:47); Brandon Sahr (20:09); Adam Batliner (20:11); and John McCarthy (20:21).
The women’s race was won by Andrea Mahoney from Medfield. She crossed the finish line in 21:53. Rounding out the top five females were Kaitlin Curbean (22:10); Emily Morgan (22:34); Karen Schneider (22:54); and Kate Martino (23:23).
Medfield Parks and Recreation hosts the annual event as a way to kick off Discover Medfield Day in town. The race was supported by volunteers from the high school cross country team, who helped with registrations, tee-shirt distribution and gathering runners at the finish line. The race also could not happen without the help from the Medfield Police Department closing off the road for the start and bringing the lead pack to the finish line.
“We are so proud to be the official start to the Medfield Day festivities with the annual road race,” said Kevin Ryder, director of Parks and Recreation. “I was impressed with the turnout on a cool and cloudy morning. I am beyond thankful that people register and take part in our annual race. I was extremely impressed with the number of kids who took part in the fun run. That was amazing to see.”
Before the 5K, nearly 100 kids took part in the 1K Kids Fun Run. The sprint around the neighborhood was won by Hamilton Krolak. The course took the kids from the Pfaff Center on North Street to Green Street, then turning on Lowell Mason and back on North Street to finish at the Pfaff Center.